A one-day conference - with the same speakers and content repeated the next day

Some children and young people ride the rollercoaster of life more easily than others. Trauma passes down the generations and affects children and young people, their families and the communities they live in.

Young Hearts & Minds is a one-day conference for those who work with children and young people and who have a passion for their well-being and mental health.

  • Learn from the world’s leading experts on how to reduce and treat the effects of childhood adversity.
  • Become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive by understanding what trauma does to young people.
  • Hear how it can be healed and how to act to help prevent it.
  • Develop effective interventions and conversational tools at experiential sessions with local organisations that will make a difference on the ground.

The teaching & learning will help enhance your resilience under pressure and will give you knowledge and skills to take back to your place of work or community that will make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

Together we can be the change!


Tickets for both days are now available, please choose which day....

See below speakers that have been confirmed, more to follow...

Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author
Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The science and practice of presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Power of Showing Up also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com and www.mindsightinstitute.com.

Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator
Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far-ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery. He is also the author of many other books on the subject including “The Body Keeps The Score”.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.

A former Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry, Bessel van der Kolk has served as president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, medical director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts, director of the Complex trauma Network within the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at The Meadows drug rehab and psychological trauma treatment center in Arizona.

Sue Carter

Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain/Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Sue Carter

Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain/Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

C. Sue Carter, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where she was the former Director of the Kinsey Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she co-directed the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry. She formerly held the position of Distinguished University Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and prior to that was Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter is past president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and holds fellow status in that Society and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award. She has authored more than 300 peer reviewed publications that have been cited over 25,000 and has edited 5 books including “Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis” (MIT Press, 2006).  Dr. Carter discovered the important role that oxytocin plays in establishment of social bonds and parental behavior.

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator
Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

It would be easy to say, you’ve never met anyone like Jaz before. Her passion for the potential we can uncover in ourselves when we are just 2% braver and her insight into how to remove the barriers that hinder connection between us and those we seek to influence make Jaz one of those people you will never forget. Jaz’s story is one of growing up in the midst of most appalling abuse, poverty and hardship during which she encountered five teachers (and, importantly, one pimp) whose belief in her literally saved her life. She shares her fantastic journey of how saying yes first allowed her to progress from council estate and foster care to advising international governments on education policy.

There are many messages leaders take away from listening to Jaz as she shares her story across the UK, in the US (where she’s being called ‘The British Oprah’!) and elsewhere. Clearly, the impact that we have to transform lives comes through loud and clear but there is more to it than just that.  Jaz also embodies the idea of bravery and the willingness to be defined by what you’ve tried even if you fail, rather than by what you could have done.  Both her (very) brief stint on TV’s The Apprentice and her career as a stand up comedian are good examples of this. And she shows that a human being can be subject to the worst depravities of her fellow humans and not only survive, but thrive – and do so without anger or bitterness.

It is true, we are more than our stories, and Jaz shares ideas and insights from her life in her work with leaders and educators with humour, energy, honesty and an unswerving optimism in people and in authentic connection in particular.

Full of practical advice, her message is neatly summed up in her own words to those five teachers from her past and the title of her best selling book - Because Of You - This Is Me..

TedX Talk: https://youtu.be/q3xoZXSW5yc
London Braver Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TniKJJPxMPU&t=1s

Schedule for both days

More detail on the programme to come...

22 or 23 June 2020

  • Registration
    08.30 - 09.15
  • Welcome by Member of Action Trauma Team
    09.15 - 09.30
  • Keynote 1 - Bessel Van Der Kolk Understand & Recognising The Long Term Impact of Early Trauma
    09.30 - 10.45
  • Keynote 2 - Dr Margot Sunderland Demystify mental health & empowering professionals working with young people to know how to relate and what to say to children and teenagers are suffering from mental health problems.
    10.45 - 11.45
  • Practical Workshop Effective interventions & conversational tools for children using art/music/breathing Part 1
    11.45 - 12.15
  • Lunch Break
    12.15 - 12.45
  • Keynote 3 - Jaz Ampaw-Farr Everyday Heroes - The Power & Life-Altering inspirational impact of teachers/children/workers/volunteers
    12.45 - 14.00
  • Keynote 4 - Sue Carter Birth & Beyond - The far-reaching influence of oxytocin
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Break & Networking
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Keynote 5 - Dan Siegel Flipping Your Lid - A practical guide to self-regulation & co-regulation
    15.15 - 16.30
  • Practical Workshop Effective interventions & conversational tools for children using technology/nutrition/dance& drama Part 2
    16.30 - 17.15
  • Conference Finish
    17.15 - 17.30
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